Former MFM head coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, who is now with Heartland FC of Owerri has expressed his love for his former employers.
The charismatic football tactician returned with his current team to the ground where he made his name and was given a legend’s welcome by the fans.
Ilechukwu had spent 13 years of his coaching career with the Olukoya Boys and only left to join Eastern-based side, Heartland, at the start of this season.
On his first return since making that switch, the 'Working One' as he is fondly called by MFM fans, managed to get only a hard-fought draw although his team was outplayed for much of the game.
Before kick-off, he was honoured by the MFM and he joined the team on their bench In singing their club anthem.
After the game, the Nnewi-born coach was asked how he felt about the reception he got from the fans and if he was missing the place he made a home for 13 years.
"Yes, somehow I'm missing home. You see the kind of warm welcome I received. I love MFM, my blood is MFM, I'm telling the truth," the young coach told the media.
"I love the kind of love daddy has shown me for the past thirteen years, I can't compare it with anything and I hope someday, I'll come back home.
Heartland was second best for much of the game and could have lost by one or two goals if not for Super Eagles shot-stopper, Ikechukwu, but Ilechukwu was happy with the result
"I'm happy coming back here. We lost in the first game and I knew coming back here will be tough. We worked very hard for this game and thankfully at the end of the day we were able to pick one point.
"There's improvement since our first game of the season against MFM. Although I was more defensive in this game because I knew MFM will come all out and it paid out,” he stated.
NPFL teams are known to chop and change regularly especially when things are not going right in a few games but Ilechukwu isn't worried about his job
"For what?" he responded when asked if he was under pressure. "There are lots of challenges in Heartland, we have some challenges but I am not under pressure."
"The most important thing is that the team is gradually improving. Heartland had never gotten a point in Agege in the past, we had not beaten Abia Warriors before.
"For the past 10 to 12 years they had not won at the Enyimba stadium and for over fifteen years Heartland never won 5-0, almost five to six records that I've broken, so I'm not under pressure because we are doing well.”
Heartland will face high-flying Rivers United, who are second on the log, in their next game in Okigwe, a match that has been labelled a must-win by the gaffer.
"The Rivers game is a must-win game but the truth is that we must prepare very well to win cause everything is very open very hard.
The draw against MFM places Heartland in 9th position, and they would be looking to climb up the table with a win at home on Sunday.